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Oboz Sawtooth II Low

rated 3 of 5 stars
photo: Oboz Sawtooth II Low trail shoe

Mostly waterproof, sole not as grippy on wet rocks and roots as I would prefer. Keen has better grip, but don't last more than a year before the soles start to separate from the shoe.

Pros

  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Not as waterproof as I would like
  • Slip easily on wet rocks and roots

I haven't had the Oboz quite a year yet so can't compare the durability. Due to the limited waterproof quality, I don't wear them as often so may not be able to compare fairly with Keen.  I did notice early on that there are wear places, cuts, on the soft areas of the sides of the sole.

I actually ordered Bridger low waterproof, but these came from Amazon and one shoe is 1/2 size smaller than the size I ordered. I was hoping for a shoe with more leather in the upper. I suspect they were a return. The price was good and they fit, so I kept them.

Background

This is my first pair of Oboz, I don't plan on buying another due to the hard sole slipping easily on wet rocks and roots. I bough them for my daily hike with my dog in my woods in central Appalachia. I also had planned to wear them as everyday shoes around my place for gardening and other chores. It takes all day for most of the "grassy" areas to dry, so waterproof shoes are preferred. These didn't keep my feet dry.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: less than $80, they were a return to Amazon.

Fits like a Bridger Mid or Sawtooth Mid. Comfortable, good looking, stable, traction.

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good looking
  • supportive
  • Stable
  • Some are waterproof
  • Heel loop!

Cons

  • none (suppose you could say heavier than a Lone Peak).
  • Do not fit my feet quite as well as the original Sawtooth
  • Not quite as comfy as the original Sawtooth

Bought these because I love the fit. I wanted a 12 wide. Great traction, lots of stability, supportive. Probably my favorite walking/hiking shoe. Yes, it is a bit heavier than a tennis shoe. But you get rock solid stability. And rocks don't bother me underfoot. They fit just like a Bridger Mid except less ankle support. 

Background

I've worn lots of Oboz, all in 12 wide. Love them. Best fit of any shoe ever. Been walking for 67 years.

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: 48 dollars

I said it before and I say it again; They're crap.

Pros

  • Fit like a glove

Cons

  • Fall apart within 6 months

Been there, done that but these shoes just will not handle wet conditions. Parts of New Zealand where I live have up to 9 meters of rain per annum. I have tramped in dry and extreme wet and though these shoes are possibly the most comfortable ever they are also probably the worst I have ever bought. If they do not have time to dry out thoroughly then 3 to 6 month of use and they are completely useless as footwear. I now put my trust in Merrell...2 years and still going well.

Background

A whole lifetime

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $240NZ

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The Sawtooth II Low replaced the Oboz Sawtooth II Low.

Specs

Men's
Price MSRP: $115.00
Current Retail: $110.00
Historic Range: $56.00-$115.00
Reviewers Paid: $48.00
Weight 15.6 oz / 442 g
Upper Material Nubuck leather and highly abrasion-resistant textile 3D molded heel counter
Women's
Price MSRP: $115.00
Historic Range: $28.75-$115.00
Weight 12.4 oz /351 g
Upper Material Nubuck leather and highly abrasion-resistant textile, 3D molded heel counter
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